Generation Brexit

Whether Brexit means Brexit is irrelevant for our planet!

Tollak Bowitz
Tollak Bowitz | 11 months ago | in UK's and EU's Common Future

The UK leaving the EU will, eventually, radically change the political landscape, but the climate won’t sit by waiting for the Brexit-negotiations to finish.

Today, August 2, marks 'Earth Overshoot Day', which means that we’ve now used more resources than our planet can renew during a year. This day takes place almost five days earlier every year, but it's hardly something to celebrate, since it means that the resources used for the rest of 2017 are unsustainable.

The UK has previously led the important work in combating climate change, but this could end now. Although new plans are “urgently needed”, Brexit has so far pushed any decisions into the future.

Much of the UK’s work on tackling climate change has been made in a EU context, and Brexit therefore represents an opportunity to set new, and higher standards. This could mean remaining part of EU schemes on emission controls, product/efficiency standards and targets within sectors – or adopt new, and better policies!

How do you think the UK should deal with climate change in the future?

edited on Aug 2, 2017 by Tollak Bowitz

Gaia 11 months ago

Could this be an incentive for the UK to do even more to tackle climate change, you think? Or all the other issues that will come with Brexit will overshadow this one?

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Alejandro Newsome 11 months ago

Indeed it will be very interesting to see what the energy and climate strategy will be as a result of Brexit. I personally believe the UK should still adhere to their current commitments (and if need be, increase them) like for example the 2050 Road Map. If Brexit is about the future, then climate change should have a bigger role!

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